Oktoberfest | Sun King Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
23 IBU

A traditional German lager crafted with choice german malts and Noble hops.

Added by howardf on 09-14-2009

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Sun King seasonally. A very good fall beer, with a solid malt profile. Always worth picking up some of these when you see them.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- looks great, Amber color. S- this is the weak part. Just has that lager smell that reminds of BMC products. T- I love it. Nice malty taste, got the lager taste in there a little, roasty favors. Finishes kinda sweet. O- I really liked it. I like this style a lot. And I am a sun King fan. Maybe it’s hard for me to be objective. They did a nice job here too. Get this again NYD.

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Photo of dwlemen
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A well made beer generally but the "Germanic" esters you would expect are not as pronounced as examples from Europe. I would call it to style just not the top tier. Maybe a 36-7.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks just as it should sitting in the glass deep murky amber with a off white head that stands at about an inch. The head quickly fades leaving no ice and just a skim on the edges. Nose is of sweet malt and dirty leaves with just enough of that German style malt strain to give it that nice soft feel of funk. This one is very sweet right off the bat with first sip. The sweetness mellows out and yields to a rustic body that is pillowy in feel. A bit of dryness and appropriate amount of stinky feel. Overall a very nice representation of the style and one of the better American versions I have found.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Shedding the head and settling in for the cooling off of fall, the taste turns from crisp, light and refreshing to something of a subtle and savory character. Sun King turns to the traditional Oktoberfest lager but with an American Midwest evolution.

Slightly haze and deep honey amber, the pour brings a froth barley-stained head and an overall stern austere. Its firlmy malted scent is sweet with grain, nutty, starchy and softly toasted. Honey-sweet to taste, a ribbon of caramel reinforces the malt-forward nature of the beer. Faint flowery hops play out in the background, at least to the initial taste.

Its juicy malt center simply blossoms across the middle as the toasted elegance of vienna-type malts play out with rich but simplistic caramel character. Nutty with cashew and pecan, a playful savory earthiness set in before the spice of hops offset just enough malt to prevent cloying.

Richer than the average German Oktoberfestbier, the medium bodied lager holds onto its malt structure and associated sweetness deep on the palate. Eventual dryness takes place with the slight spice of minty hops and somber alcohol dryness.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper orange, transparent, white head, fairly thin, mild lacing.

S - A touch of hop spiciness, and an apple-like malt sweetness.

T - A nice bready malt, with a touch of pepper, cracker notes, and applesauce fruit hints.

M - Clean, crisp, and highly drinkable.

O - Sweeter than the typical example of the style, but not atypical for an American version. Delicious and pleasant.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cool that these guys come around only once a year for GABF, too bad their beer is nothing to write home about. so much hype and not one beer i have really liked from them yet. bummer. their packaging is even worse, busy and amateurish. this one has a bronze color to it, short but dying white head, quite clear. its sweet in the smell, rushed lagering maybe, maybe weak yeast, but its got a lot of sugar left. lots of body too, but the taste is is a lot like the can it came out of, tinny and sharp in the wrong ways, off flavor there for sure. i like the caramel thing, its rich and pretty good, but the way that metal comes out in the finish its just not nice. carbonation is fine but with this lingering aftertaste the beer is rendered one and done for me. still waiting on a sun king beer worth having more than one of...

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A big thanks to Todd for this. Poured out of a 16oz can into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a good color for a märzen - pale amber, with enough fluffy foam that rises to the top of the glass. Dissipates almost completely after nearly a half hour, not leaving very much stickiness or noticeable tears overall. Carbonation shows well, with some thickened bubbles and plenty of liveliness. If the head retention were better, this would score higher in terms of looks.

Smells simple, with a flavor profile mostly imparted by the malt bill that is slightly bready, sweet, and spicy. Notes of biscuits, with caramel, toffee, and some citrus and pine. Very earthy at the finish, yet feels rather anemic. I honestly cannot get any further assessment out of it. Could this can be past its prime?

Tastes alright - at least, at first. There are decent, flavorful notes of toasted cereal grains, toffee, caramel, as well as some playful earthiness from the hops, as well as a spicy profile from the yeast. Again, I cannot really make out any specific flavors - only sensations - that is, until this starts to warm up. Oh, boy, here we go again - squash, carrots, and cabbage right at the finish. Gets progressively more noticeable halfway through, with a "cooked" sensation becoming more predominant. Strangely palate cleansing, but doesn't sit too well with me. Slightly thin, but at least there's enough carbonation and fullness from the malts that improves the situation. Still, I had to pass it on to someone else, as I usually am not happy with vegetable notes in beers that weren't brewed with them.

This is the *second* "Oktoberfest" beer I've had from a seemingly good brewery that displayed this problem. Could it be the malt profile or the yeast used? Whatever it is, I do hope these guys are catching it. Then again, I probably should have had it much fresher, but it shouldn't be doing this bad several months in. I've heard good things about these guys, and while this a rocky start, I will do what I can to try more of their stuff in the future.

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Photo of Supertrooper44
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Im a server/bartender and live in Indiana but this brewery is by far my favorite, they have many others aswell cream ale a classic american beer. But of course go to the store and theyre only in cans, you guys need the bottles A+ guys dont know what else to really say about the beer other then smooth it sounds weird but a slice of orange with oktoberfest my fav

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, wheat, slight hops, alcohol, spices (?), and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight hops, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good Oktoberfest, nothing outstanding but very session-able.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can, 13259 is stamped on the bottom of the can. Not sure if that's the best by or the canned on Julian Date (September 15, 2013). Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like toasted and caramel malt, nuts, and some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bready/grainy malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, smooth and easy to drink. I liked this brew, but at $13.49 a 4-pack, it's better to buy a single of this brew if you want to try it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light rusty colored clear body with white head.

Smells toasty with a hint of grass and walnut.

Taste is toasted grain and a nice slight bitterness from noble hops. There's a slight nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Great carbonation level.

A solid Oktoberfest.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the pint can a clean, clear amber, with substantial head. Thick 2-finger lace. Lovely!

Nose is malty grains, even earthy. Nice.

Flavor is malty and sweet up front, with a slowly-developing citrus hops accent toward the finish. Totally solid, but I still prefer their Osiris Pale Ale.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Caramel malt, bread and butter, toast some slight earthy notes.

T-Sweet and malty, caramel, earthy some pine, good balance and some slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation and crisp.

O-Easily the best Oktoberfest beer I've had.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here’s hoping this will be the first Oktoberfest that will wow me this year – cheers!

A: Very pale, translucent amber; looks almost watery. An aggressive pour leads to a very bubbly head, though it pops down slowly to a layer of creamy retention.

S: Light toasted malt, with toffee, caramel, and marshmallow; has an odd hint of unnatural, corn-like aroma to the malt, though, and it’s tough to look past. Slight strawberry jam notes and white bread crustiness around the back, too.

T: Those odd notes from the nose kick it off: cornmeal and slight metallic alcohol. Luckily, that worst part is over quick, giving way to cherry cola, toffee, faint biscuit, and almond butter. As expected, it’s mainly malt – leafy noble hops show up for a moment – but a bready yeast crispness lays over it all, giving it a drinkable cracker character. Toasted lager tones in the aftertaste, quite mild.

M: It’s not crisp, but it’s definitely fizzy. Definitely light for this style.

O: This one wasn’t underwhelming, but I’m definitely not going to pay $4 for a can of it again. Whatever the price, though, a crisp, sweet lager is never unwelcome to my palate.

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Photo of mcallister
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper with a white head of a half inch, medium in body and depth and holding good retention, yielding little lace.

Way overpriced but still a decent oktoberfest. Aromas of biscuity malt, baked bread, toffee and spicey hop with some floral qualities.

Tastes like the aroma. Bigger in way of caramel and toffee, with sweet bready malts, earthy hop on the finish with floral notes through the finish. Clean and flinty with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head

S - Smells very yeasty with a bit of a floral notes

T - Very malty with a sweetness and tanginess at the end and just a little bit of hops.

M - Great mouthfeel. It's full bodied and just a little carbonated

D - Pretty good.

This was actually my first oktoberfest, so I didn't know what to expect, but it was pretty tasty. Thanks to jmarsh123 for this one!!

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Photo of JamesS
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fantastic deep burnished copper with fantastic head and great lacing. Very nice deep malty scent with caramel and spice hints, and a slightly fallen leaf aroma. Great thick flavors with deep hearty malts, a nice crispness, and excellent undertones of caramel and noble hops. Went down quite well.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can! Hazy copper color, with a white head. Head disappears rather quickly, leaving a few spots.

Toasty caramel malt leads the nose. Earthy hops, with just a faint fruity note.

A nice malt character here. Some sweetness, but mainly a nice toasty, bread-like malt. Pretty clean. Earthy hops provide some good balance.

Light to medium body, with a nice, lively carbonation. Pretty nice, but the price was a bit steep for the 4 pack for me.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Indy tasting room.

A-orange body with nice white head that sticks round for awhile

S-malty crisp and clean, much like every other marzen

T-follows the nose. Malty crisp and clean. Good example if the style but not the best

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-good example if the style but nothing earth shattering

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Photo of Gushue3
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- about a 2 finger head forms above a clear light orange body with carbonation jetting toward the top. The head is full of big bubbles and has moderate retention.

S- Sweeter malts with a very light spice note. Its tough to get much from the nose.

T- Sweeter upfront that fades away in the middle that has some yeasty notes in there as well. Light and refreshing taste

M- Medium feel with lots of tiny carbonation. feels nice.

O- A nice Oktoberfest brew. easy to drink and full of flavor.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hate it when external factors have undue influence over my opinion of a beer. Like, why do they make me do that? I'd love to enjoy and judge each and every beer purely on the strength of its beeriness. But then they have to go and make it super rare or expensive and muck things up.

Others try to deny factors like these, but that's just a sad lie. Give Westy 12 to your average BA but tell him it's just a new Belgian you've come across. See how different he judges it. Hype precedes its objets. So, in the case of Sun King's seasons, does price.

This cost 15 bucks for a 4 pack of pint cans. This ain't a barleywine or nothing, neither. Almost four bucks a can for a regular strength marzen.

But I loves marzens. And the pickins in Indiana are slim. And Sun King makes fabulous medium-strength lagers. So, whatever, I guess I'll just buy Tombstone instead of DiGiorno this week.

Pours great. Smells great. Chocolately sweet, big amber malt amped up and hypersweet without getting cloying or weird. Tastes, thank god, as it smells. Just a perfect, brilliantly fresh example of the style. The one substantial problem--which drags down its "overall" score, is the price. As tasty as this is, I'm not satisfied considering what I paid for it.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While this was just released yesterday in cans, their first seasonal canning, this review is from a growler filled earlier today.

It pours a nice deep copper in color with a one finger cream colored head. It smells of Munich malts, perhaps some crystal malt, and has an interesting bubblegum aspect. It also has an every so light spicy hop component. I'm a fan. The flavors are very clean, as is the finish. You get the nice Munich malts with a light hop bitterness and a touch of bubblegum. It's a little sweeter than most Oktoberfests but that isn't a bad thing at all. This one has more flavor than every Oktoberfest I can think of, minus maybe Great Lakes'. It drinks very smoothly and is ultimately fresh. Overall this is a fine specimen. Well done Sun King.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a growler grabbed at the brewery about four hours ago - a hazy caramel brown with a full finger off white foamy head leaving spotty lace.

aroma of caramel malts and dark nut butter.

sweet malts forward, brown sugar, subtle nutty after.

smooth, sweet, medium carbonation.

at 5.75 abv, it's very drinkable.

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Photo of heliosphann
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler picked up at the Brewery. Served in a Pint glass.

A: Very small amount of patchy foam fades quickly. A nice looking golden amber that's crystal clear. Lacing is decent.

S: Malts are upfront with some sweetness. Some slight bread and graininess. Also a little spice.

T: Caramel malts and toasted grains. Make that a lot of malts, but with very little hops. Sweetness comes in on the finish along with some more grains and some yeast.

M: Medium bodied that feels pretty robust. Carbonation is a little low, but rolls on the tongue nicely.

D: At 5.5%, this could be easily sessioned if you desired. I had no problem drinking a pint, but really didn't yearn to drink another.

Not one of Sun Kings best offerings, but still pretty true to the style. The malt profile completely dominated the Noble hops. Perhaps with an addition of more hops, this beer could really stand out.

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Oktoberfest from Sun King Brewing Company
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